Hidden Tracks: Stories From Bart

Sinopse

Welcome to BART's new podcast series "Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART." Our podcasts will give you an inside look at BART, the San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit system that carries an average of more than 430,000 passengers on a typical weekday. This is your source for stories about the people who make the system work and our riders.

Episódios

  • Meet the woman helping to lead an innovation revolution at BART

    Meet the woman helping to lead an innovation revolution at BART

    17/01/2020 Duração: 27min

    From new platform signs to making the most out of millions of pieces of data, BART is going through an innovation revolution that’ll have a big impact on the rider experience. On the latest edition of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we’ll go into the lab to meet Wendy Wheeler who is BART’s Manager of Computer Systems Engineering. Wheeler is one of BART’s leading innovators and she’s pushing for some major changes. That’s especially true when it comes to BART’s digital platform signs. Upgrades have already been made to make it easier to tell if the next train is part of the Fleet of the Future but that’s just the beginning. Take a listen to learn about the technological advancements in the pipeline for BART riders. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200117

  • Explore the history of the BART map

    Explore the history of the BART map

    12/07/2019 Duração: 28min

    There are few images in the Bay Area that are more iconic than the BART system map. Millions of people see the maps throughout the system every year and regular riders can probably create a fairly accurate version of it from memory. On this edition of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART,” we're diving into the history of the BART map. There have only been a few versions of the BART map in the entire history of the system dating back to the start of service in 1972. Anytime there's been a suggestion for changes it has sparked a heated debate. Our guest on this episode is Bart Wright, a professional designer and mapping expert who has been heavily involved in designing the BART map over the last two decades. Read the podcast transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20190712-1

  • BART’s wet weather game plan pays off with fewer delays

    BART’s wet weather game plan pays off with fewer delays

    26/02/2019 Duração: 19min

    Rain can have a major impact on the Bay Area’s commute and BART is no exception. “Welcome to Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART.” On this edition of Hidden Tracks, we’re answering your questions about why BART so often faces delays when it rains. BART has a game plan to keep weather-related issues to a minimum that’s put into action by a team with decades of experience. Preparation and hard work are key. The effort began well before this winter’s storms arrived. Grounds crews worked for months to trim back trees and brush that could be threatened by powerful winds and rain. That effort has led to a sharp decline in the number of trackway obstructions compared with last winter. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20190226

  • Momentum builds for BARTs cleaning revolution

    Momentum builds for BART's cleaning revolution

    19/02/2019 Duração: 27min

    On the latest edition of our podcast series "Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART" we’re talking about all things cleaning with the two men who have been at the center of an important transformation that has taken place over the last year. BART is redoing the way it cleans its trains and stations. This far-reaching effort is having an impact on hiring, training, where employees are staffed, and even on what kind of cleaning materials are used on the job. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20190219

  • Training ramps up to fuel Fleet of the Future expansion

    Training ramps up to fuel Fleet of the Future expansion

    16/01/2019 Duração: 17min

    More BART riders than ever before can now ride the Fleet of the Future through the Transbay Tube. By mid-February, every transbay line will be served by a Fleet of the Future train. As more new cars arrive, BART is expanding its hands-on training for the operators who will run the new fleet. On the latest edition of our podcast series, “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we’ll learn more about the preparation that goes into being a Fleet of the Future Train Operator. We’ll hear from one of the first graduates of the training program and learn what it’s like to operate one of BART’s newest trains. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20190116

  • Go inside BPDs video surveillance recovery room

    Go inside BPD's video surveillance recovery room

    27/09/2018 Duração: 18min

    BART has a robust video surveillance network. It includes working cameras on board all trains, in every station, and elsewhere throughout BART. But the reason BART police have been able to identify and arrest suspects in connection with several recent high-profile cases has as much to do with the technology as it does the people behind it. On this latest edition of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” you’ll hear from one of BPD’s Community Service Officers who specializes in finding key evidence contained on the video files recorded by BART’s cameras. She’s watched thousands of hours of surveillance and says it’s all worth it when it leads to an arrest that makes BART safer. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180927-1

  • BART’s Station Ops Manager uses real-world insight to provide smooth commute

    BART’s Station Ops Manager uses real-world insight to provide smooth commute

    11/07/2018 Duração: 27min

    It takes a team effort to carry more than 413,000 riders on a typical weekday. On the latest edition of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we meet Operations and Transportation Supervisor Phaethon Brown who oversees all station operations throughout the system. Brown has spent more than 17 years with BART including 13 as a Station Agent. He's one of the few people who has been assigned to every BART station. Those years of service on the front lines of customer service give Brown invaluable insight on how BART really works and what it takes to keep things moving during the commute. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180711-1

  • The science of the screech: Big progress for BARTs efforts to lower the volume of your ride

    The science of the screech: Big progress for BART's efforts to lower the volume of your ride

    06/06/2018 Duração: 25min

    BART has reached a milestone in its efforts to bring riders a quieter ride. Now more than half of BART’s train cars have been outfitted with an advanced wheel profile that reduces both noise and wear on the rail. On the latest edition of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we’re focusing on the science of screech. The new wheel profile has been years in the making. One of our managing engineers talks in-depth about how the design was developed and what’s next for BART’s plan to bring a quieter ride to our passengers. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180606

  • Theres more to ticket vending machines and fare gates than meets the eye

    There's more to ticket vending machines and fare gates than meets the eye

    30/03/2018 Duração: 12min

    There’s a lot of technology that goes into making sure you can easily reload your Clipper card or buy a BART ticket and get quickly through the fare gates. On this latest edition of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we’ll take an inside look at what makes BART’s Ticket Vending Machines and fare gates tick. It takes a dedicated team to keep an array of roughly 1,200 machines in good working order. One of the biggest challenges is dealing with paper tickets, both authentic and counterfeit, that can jam up busy machines First, we’ll visit with one of the technicians who is specially-trained to get malfunctioning machines back in action. Then we’ll hear from John Yen who manages the team that oversees vending and fare gate machines. He’ll share more about the technology upgrades the vending machines have gone through and what BART is doing to make sure they stay in operation for years to come. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180330-0

  • On the front line of customer service: Station Agents see it all

    On the front line of customer service: Station Agents see it all

    08/11/2017 Duração: 23min

    Station Agents are the face of BART for many riders but the position might be one of the most misunderstood in the agency. On the latest edition of our podcast series "Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART" we take an in-depth look at Station Agents and the challenges they face on the job. Great customer service is the goal and many times Station Agents must respond to the unexpected. The new podcast explores the various responsibilities Station Agents handle every day and features an extended interview with veteran Station Agent Felicia. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20171128

  • The details on doors: How forcing your way into a BART car can harm service for thousands

    The details on doors: How forcing your way into a BART car can harm service for thousands

    25/09/2017 Duração: 21min

    BART maintenance workers already are doing everything they can to keep as many cars as possible in service. But they’re facing a growing challenge because of an avoidable problem. BART’s service yards are spending precious work hours repairing train doors that were forced open by riders or otherwise damaged. The latest numbers show through August there were at least 200 cases where vandalized doors caused service delays. On top of those delays, critically-needed cars had to be taken out of service for repairs. In the latest episode of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” you can learn more about the problem, how BART is responding, and what riders can do to help. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170928

  • BART has a plan for expected surge in bike usage

    BART has a plan for expected surge in bike usage

    25/08/2017 Duração: 23min

    Several exciting initiatives are underway to make BART even more accessible for bicyclists. In the latest edition of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART,” we’ll hear from BART Bicycle Program Manager Steve Beroldo. From a big expansion in the Ford GoBike bike share program to new high-tech ways to secure your bicycle there are many bike-friendly ideas that are being turned into realities at BART. Beroldo shares his thoughts about the various programs as well as what he says is a growing trend in the number of people who use their bikes to get to BART. You can read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170831

  • BART team wins top prize at international competition

    BART team wins top prize at international competition

    05/07/2017 Duração: 38min

    The International Rail Rodeo is a special opportunity for transit agencies to show off their top talent and BART rose to the occasion. In the latest edition of our series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” you’ll meet the BART team that won the overall title at this year’s competition. This is the first time that BART has taken home the top overall prize. The participants say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. They also say the competition highlights the skill and determination that BART’s train operators and mechanics bring to their jobs every day. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170711-0

  • Go inside our Emergency Operations Center

    Go inside our Emergency Operations Center

    09/06/2017 Duração: 12min

    Safety and security are a primary focus at BART and that commitment is visible at our Emergency Operations Center. On this episode of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we’ll take you inside our Emergency Operations Center to learn what BART is doing to be as ready as possible for any disaster that could strike the region. BART Emergency Manager Marla Blagg talks about this ongoing responsibility that BART has made a top priority. Blagg also has tips on what riders can do to help keep themselves and fellow BART passengers safe. Read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170609-1

  • Go inside the Wheelhouse for BART to OAK

    Go inside the Wheelhouse for BART to OAK

    30/05/2017 Duração: 10min

    Getting people between Oakland International Airport and the Coliseum Station quickly and safely is right in BART’s Wheelhouse. On this edition of "Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART" we’ll take a look behind the scenes at the Wheelhouse, the hub of activity for BART to OAK. The ride is smooth and quiet but there’s no mistaking the sound when you go inside the Wheelhouse. It's a cavernous building made of concrete with more than 18-inch thick walls. The 3.2-mile extension relies on state-of-the-art equipment but it also uses technology that traces its roots back to the 19th century. Learn more about BART’s Wheelhouse with the Superintendent of Operations for BART to OAK, Mike Forte. Read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170531

  • You might be surprised by whats BARTable

    You might be surprised by what's BARTable

    15/05/2017 Duração: 16min

    In our latest edition of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we learn about all things BARTable. The site has only been around for a couple of years but already it has generated a large following among those interested in fun activities that are just a BART ride away. Few transit agencies have a campaign like BARTable that shows off all the interesting places people can visit by riding a train during non-commute hours. It’s a popular program that has some exciting changes on the way. In this episode of Hidden Tracks we will hear from BARTable Manager Andrea Frainier and BART Marketing Manager Dave Martindale. You can read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170518

  • BART train operator brings a sense of humor to the afternoon commute

    BART train operator brings a sense of humor to the afternoon commute

    08/05/2017 Duração: 09min

    Train operators are a critical part of the team that keeps BART moving around the Bay. The system may be automated but the operators are the eyes and ears of the trains. It’s an important job but a sense of humor can still come in handy. In our latest edition of “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we take a ride with Bob Malito, who is better known as Captain Jack to tens of thousands of riders who take BART between Pittsburg/Bay Point and San Francisco International Airport. Malito is well known throughout the system for his funny station announcements. Listen as Malito describes the challenges of his job and how he comes up with some of his best material. You can also read the transcript: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170508

  • A new strategy helps BART to reduce delays in the Transbay Tube

    A new strategy helps BART to reduce delays in the Transbay Tube

    05/04/2017 Duração: 03min

    BART is using a new strategy to reduce delays through the Transbay Tube. During peak commute hours BART is now deploying mainline technicians at both ends of the Tube at our West Oakland and Embarcadero stations. These highly-trained technical experts spend the commute riding dozens of trains through the Tube. That allows them to respond much more quickly to mechanical issues that can stop a train in a critical choke point for the entire system. In the latest edition of our podcast series “Hidden Tracks: Stories from BART” we learn more about this new strategy and how it’s already making a difference. We also hear from one of the mainline techs who is using his nearly 28 years of experience with BART to keep the trains moving. You can read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170406

  • New efforts to build sustainability at BART

    New efforts to build sustainability at BART

    15/03/2017 Duração: 13min

    We’ve been hearing a lot about the many improvements that BART is investing in when it comes to its aging infrastructure, station upgrades and of course the Fleet of the Future. But there are also some exciting plans in the works when it comes to sustainability and BART’s impact on the environment. From solar panels to accommodating electric vehicles to focusing on new sources of renewable energy there is a lot going on. To learn more about these ambitious plans, we hear from Holly Gordon who is BART’s Sustainability Group Manager. You can also read the transcript here: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170315-2

  • Maintaining BARTs right-of-way is a 24/7 job

    Maintaining BART's right-of-way is a 24/7 job

    02/03/2017 Duração: 22min

    The term "right-of-way" might be a familiar one when it comes to driving, but it is also a phrase that is critically important when it comes to operating a railway. This time on our podcast series we’re going to learn about BART’s right-of-way team. That’s a group that plays a critical role in making sure the trains keep running. We’ll get an inside look at the train control group that maintains some 5,000 critical assets at BART. We’ll also learn about the right-of-way crews that work to keep debris and other obstacles off the tracks. It’s an around the clock job that becomes even more important during a stormy winter such as what the Bay Area has been experiencing. You can read the transcript here: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2017/news20170303

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